Influenza activity is increasing throughout Illinois, causing at least 122 hospitalizations and six deaths.
“We have widespread flu activity as mirrored in the entire state of Illinois,” said Dr. Jonathan Pinsky, Director of Infection Control at Edward Hospital. “We’ve had over 100 influenza patients tested positive in our lab and about 38 were hospitalized patients, including 12 in our intensive care unit.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging everyone six months or older who haven’t gotten their flu shot yet to do so.
Those most prone to serious flu complications include pregnant women, children under five and seniors over 65, and those with underlying health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and asthma.
But some of the more severe cases this year have included the healthiest of people.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, chills, and fatigue.
The department of public health says if you’re sick it’s best to practice the three C’s to prevent its spread: Clean your hands frequently, cover your cough and sneeze, and contain your germs by staying home.
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